Cuba’s leaders are trapped between the need for change and the fear of it -

Cuba’s leaders are trapped between the need for change and the fear of it

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  • Dec 07 2017 17:00About: 5 days ago
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FOR decades Cuban exiles in Miami dreamed of the day that Fidel Castro would die. They imagined that Cubans would then rise up against the communist dictatorship that he imposed. Yet when, a year ago this week, Castro’s ashes were interred in his mausoleum, it was an anticlimax. His brother, Raúl, who is now 86, has been in charge since 2006. For a while, he seemed to offer the prospect of far-reaching economic reform. Now, as he prepares to step down as Cuba’s president in February, he is bequeathing merely stability and quiescence.

Raúl’s planned retirement is not total—he will stay on as first secretary of the ruling Communist Party for a further three years. He is due to leave the presidency as Cuba is grappling with two new problems. The first is the partial reversal by Donald Trump of Barack Obama’s historic diplomatic and commercial opening to the island, which will cut tourist revenues. The second is the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, which in September devastated much of...Continue reading

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decades Cuban exiles Miami dreamed that Fidel Castro would die. They imagined Cubans then rise against communist dictatorship imposed. when year this week Castro’s ashes were interred mausoleum anticlimax. brother Raúl been charge since 2006. while seemed offer prospect far-reaching economic reform. Now prepares step down Cuba’s president February bequeathing merely stability quiescence.Raúl’s planned retirement total—he will stay first secretary ruling Communist Party further three years. leave presidency Cuba grappling with problems. partial reversal Donald Trump Barack Obama’s historic diplomatic commercial opening island which tourist revenues. second aftermath Hurricane Irma September devastated much of...Continue reading

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